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LG Optimus G review

8.2/10 AVG.

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The LG Optimus G currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 37 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The LG Optimus G is one of the slimmest smartphones ever produced, and yet it’s also one of the most powerful. If you ask LG to describe it in two words or less, “crown jewel” is probably the best you’ll get.

And it is quite valuable indeed. Its design was the basis for one of Google’s own flagship phones, the Nexus 4. Its main features include a 4.7-inch HD touchscreen display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed and is scheduled to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the future. There’s no question that it’s one of the most feature-rich Android handsets out on the market at the moment. And it doesn’t hurt that it looks mighty fine, too.

It’s clear that LG worked very hard to deliver as many great features as possible to its customers with the Optimus G. It tends to get hot fairly quickly during usage, but that’s because it comes with one of the most powerful mobile processors ever created. If you’re inclined to give LG a shot and are looking to make the Optimus G your main device, prepare for your expectations to be met.

Need to Know: LG Optimus G

1. Runs on one of the fastest and most powerful mobile processors ever created. (The Good)

2. Uses a 4.7-inch 1280x720 HD screen in an 8mm thin casing. (The Good)

3. Doesn’t come with Jelly Bean as the default OS. (The Bad)

4. Battery life could be longer. (The Bad)

Operating system
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
13+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

GSM Dome

Overall, we give this handset an 8.7 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware, a 9 for OS and UI, for a total of 8.9 out of 10. It’s still a very good phone, but LG is very close to launching a flagship to follow this unit. The advatange is that its price will probably drop more soon.

- James A., GSM Dome

If your looking for a well rounded handset, with a great camera, great design and a unique Android Skin with some very useful additions, then the LG Optimus G is for you! Sadly, if you’re looking to get a device upgradeable to Jelly Bean 4.2.x, then maybe take a look at the Nexus 4, as LG has stated...

- Michael Faro-Tusino, UnleashThePhones

The LG Optimus G is a wonderful device for both carriers. Each has its small differences, but they’re both great. You can expect insanely fast performance, a beautiful display, solid software that won’t disappoint, and a premium feel. However, the fragility of the glass is an issue you must consider...

- Dima Aryeh, DroidDog
Tech Ticker

Does getting an LG Optimus G make sense considering the breed of next-generation smartphones are just around the corner? Admittedly, LG is a bit late to the party but Optimus G is a formidable device. It packs some serious performance and gives a run for its money to devices like Galaxy S III that c...

- Kunal Gangar, Tech Ticker
The Mobile Indian

Everything boils down to this one final moment: is the device really worth its price? The Optimus G is a powerful device and we would not call it an over priced one. It costs between Rs 33,000 to Rs 36,000 in the Indian market. It offers superb performance, a brilliant display and great battery back...

- Rahul Gupta, The Mobile Indian

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Screen Size

The LG Optimus G's screen size is 4.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2100 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 930 minutes, 315 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Optimus G Specs

Release date November 2, 2012
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/2100 MHz
1700/700 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 Quad-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.67 W/kg
Body: 1.22 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 436 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 315 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 930 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.9 x 0.8 cm (5.2 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
13+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Polaris Office)
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG E970

16GB microSD card included
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